Body painting to create another world – Photoshop Composite art from Reality Reimagined

One of the greatest creative strengths of body painting is that you can truly create characters from another world, with the simplest of tools and techniques.

Returning to some of the work from the Shutterfest photography conference this year, this image features the second character that was painted by the brilliant Otto Ott. He not only painted the design, he created the fantastic wings that she is using. They have such a great level of detail in the design and they (of course) are brilliantly painted to add such a unique look to the character.

This was the first time that I got to work with Sam and I truly had a blast! She has a fantastic smile and it came out each time I told her to channel that dark, sexy, fearsome inner beast inside. We hit a lot of great looks and she quickly stepped into a dramatic role as we photographed, filling our time with some great images that I will visit soon!
Thank you to Nicole for her fantastic work and creativity and to Carrie for organizing this event at Shutterfest.
Harpy body paint

Harpy body paint from Otto Ott

Model: Samantha Brunat
Body paint and wings: Otto Ott
Organized by: Carrie Meumann
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined
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Thor and the worthy cosplayer – composite art from Reality Reimagined

One of the greatest things to witness in the world of cosplay, is when children meet their hero for the first time.
I had the privilege of being at the comic book convention C2E2 with this wonderful man and his beautiful wife, both of whom I am honored to call friend. They bring to life their characters and make it real for so many; that is their greatest strength as cosplayers.
When Jeff Jackson walks up to a child to greet them, he does so with a gentle yet powerful voice and with a dialect that sounds like what you’d expect from the mighty warrior. He uses words like “greetings little warrior!” and the kid’s eyes open up like saucers and they smile with delight because for them – THOR – is standing before them in friendship.
He also has a wonderful replica of Mjolnir that actually weighs a lot and is a surprise when you go to lift it. You assume it’s hollow plastic and you can heft it with the slightest of effort, but you quickly find out that you are not worthy to wield this mighty weapon. When a child goes to lift it they have to struggle at first, but finally they lift it up off the ground and hold it high above their heads. Thor lets out a glorious chuckle of praise and forever seals in that child’s mind that they have value, they have worth and they can believe in themselves. When you see that courage light up in their eyes, you can not help but admire this amazing man and the joy he creates for so many.
I am not a Marvel fan – nothing against it, just never got into it. My heroes come from Krypton, Themyscira or Gotham. However I have a lot of friends that are huge fans of the MCU and they are always very patient and kind when I ask really dumb questions. I’ve slowly began to absorb some of their excitement for these characters and stories and I have to say that I am excited to see the Avengers film that is opening today. When I saw the trailer for it, I turned to my wife and said “it’s a shame that I’m not a bigger Marvel fan, because that movie looks like what a super-hero film should be.”
We will go see it – maybe more than once. And I know without a doubt that I will not see Chris Hemsworth on the screen portraying this warrior called Thor.
I will see my friend Jeff Jackson and all of his worth.

Model: Jeff Jackson
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined
#cosplay #marvel #photoshop #composite #art #comicbook #movie #avengers #thor #wacom
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Grand Award winner of the Shutterfest 2018 image competition – Reality Reimagined

I recently had the privilege of being a teacher at the Shutterfest 2018 photography conference and it was such an amazing experience. I was so thankful and inspired to be a part of such a wonderful team and community; truly memories that will last a lifetime. I was able to share so much that is meaningful to me and I saw the light of imagination and creativity come alive in the folks that I was fortunate enough to teach.
But I simply was not prepared for the news from yesterday.
I entered eight pieces of artwork into the image competition for Shutterfest, submitting to the new category of Creative: Illustrative. I am so proud to share that I won not only first and second place in my category, but I received the distinct honor of being the grand award winner of the entire competition!
I have been in awe and just so very thankful for this achievement and honor. There are some truly beautiful images and amazing moments captured in the other categories and I just can’t seem to find the adequate words to share my feelings on being recognized among those amazing artists.  To see these fantastic images, visit the winners gallery at
I had the chance to talk to Sal Cincotta on the phone last night and to thank him for all of his support and guidance for all of these years; man, you are the best! Alissa and his team are truly some of the best and most talented I know and I am forever in their debt.
I can’t even begin to describe all of the feels of telling my wife Bethany Troop Byrd on the phone what had happened and hearing the joy in her voice. I love you with all that I have within me; you are my Captain.
Dave Mason sponsored me to be an instructor this year at Shutterfest and has given me so much wisdom and guidance that I will never be able to repay him for his kindness and generosity. If you haven’t visited with McKenna Pro Labs then stop reading my blabbing right now and go see their amazing artistry!
Bri Robynn Rambo – WE DID IT! I got the chance to work with her recently in Arizona and it was a blast. She is such an amazingly talented photographer and creates imagery that inspires me to continue to evolve as an artist. Her work in front of the camera is second-to-none. Thank you for sharing in this experience with me and for creating some great art!
Last night I was with a great group of friends, doing what I love and photographing their new cosplays. I had no idea I had won and my phone started going off like crazy. To share with them was a blast – Jeff Jackson, Jenn Jackson, Jaime Hoskins and Mike Hoskins, thank you for being there with me in this moment and for your friendship.
When I got home, however, I had one of the best moments I could have ever have asked for. I got to sit down with my mother and father and share with them what I had achieved. Leaving them behind in Iowa as I started my new journey in Arizona has been a hard experience and to be able to show them what it means to me, to do this work, has truly been the greatest gift I could have ever received.
My friend Sasha taught me a valuable lesson, before she left this world. She taught me that time is precious and must be spent wisely. Do not waste a moment of your life in the company of fear. Listen to it from time to time as there is wisdom to be learned from fear, but never let it dictate your life.
A quote I heard long ago has been with me every day of my life. “The life that we dream and the life that we live, is only separated by fear.”
Model: Bri Robynn Rambo
HMUA: Lauren Edmondson

Photography and Photoshop Art: Reality Reimagined

#art #awards #competition #shutterfest2018 #composite #wacom #adobe #photoshop #grateful
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One year ago

The very first image that I took in Arizona, is the image of Heather Renee Nance with the whip, standing with the other members of the Agents of Lust. That was in early January of 2017.

I had never been to a shoot like this and no one knew who I was. My hope was to be able to find a few adventurous souls that would want to collaborate on an idea. I shot with two groups that day and felt like I had no business being in such a place where I had really, no idea what was going on.

One year later I found myself standing in the same junkyard, at a similar event and this time I got waves and shouts of “hey there!” from people who knew me and the work that I could do. I got a big bear hug from the man himself, James Sasser and once again had the chance to tell a story with images, featuring Heather. This shoot was a wonderful reminder to me on how much can change, in a relative short amount of time.

I have made some truly great connections and friendships over the past year in Arizona and I am so excited to continue this journey.

See you all, out there!

Models: Heather Renee Nance​, Rance Granthrax Jorgensen​ and Britni Nance​
Location: Reed’s Junkyard
Organized by: James Sasser​
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined

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I want to be Darth Vader when I grow up

I had planned on releasing this series of art centered on Darth Vader, to celebrate the release of a video game. However since that game is absolutely terrible, I am now celebrating the forthcoming film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi!
When I was a kid the characters that were the focus of my art, imagination and obsession for toys were folks like Superman, Captain Kirk and so forth. You know – good guys.
Except for one other obsession: The Dark Lord of the Sith.
Much to my parents chagrin, I would memorize and recite the lines of Darth Vader from the film (rather than Luke Skywalker) while playing with my latest treasure from the folks at Kenner.
Luke was cool, certainly, but Vader was who I wanted to be.
When I started my training in theatre and learned of the great tragic heroes of literature, I immediately felt a sense of relief and told my parents as much. In my view tragic heroes can be admired more than the protagonist of a story, due to their complex depth.
At the end of the day, Superman is going to fight for truth, justice and be an all-around nice guy. Darth Vader is a bit more complex. At the end of the day, Vader may just give you a verbal warning about your failure, rather than choke you to death. Then a few moments later, he’ll plead to his long lost son to form a union that will over throw tyranny and bring “order” to the galaxy. When that doesn’t work? He’ll just glance once more over his shoulder, then walk off the bridge to go hang in his room.
If there was ever a dream character to play in film, it would be Darth Vader. I am thankful that the Mouse-Powers-That-Be have brought this beloved character back to the screen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and I sincerely hope they do it again and again, with future stories in a galaxy, far, far away.
As always, my tragic hero thanks to Trey Moore for his willingness to suit up and stand for a long time, while I mess with the lights for an eternity 🙂
Cosplayer: Trey Moore
Photography and Photoshop Art: Reality Reimagined

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Darth Vader

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